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After conducting a survey with 449 UK-based parents and family carers of autistic children and young people (CYP), academics from University of Bedfordshire, University College London (UCL) and University of East London (UEL) have published their findings to help policy-makers further understand how the Covid19 lockdown has effected autistic people and their families.

The results from this collaborative research project have highlighted that despite the relaxed legislation on lockdown measures for autistic people – brought into effect in mid-April – 86% of participants thought that the needs of autistic people and their families were not adequately planned for or addressed by officials during the pandemic.

Dr Chris Papadopoulos from Bedfordshire’s Institute for Health Research, Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou of UCL’s Institute of Education and Dr Rebecca Wood from UEL wanted to understand how the coronavirus pandemic, the Coronavirus Act (2020) and the...

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